60 second interview - Linda Riley, Out at Work Top 50

Linda Riley - Square Peg Media

Businesswoman Linda Riley founded diversity and inclusion events and publishing company Square Peg Media and is the brainchild of the European Diversity and Global Diversity Awards.

Her latest project aims to identify the top 50 most influential LGBT people in business.

Linda is the latest subject of our popular 60 Second Interview.

Q - How long have you been in the industry, and what is your current job title ?

A - I am the proud Managing Director of Global Diversity Awards and Head of the Out at Work Top 50 Advisory Board.

Q - Did you have a mentor and, if so, who ?

A – Not really. I always thought that there should be more LGBT role models especially in business. It is why I am now working on the Out at Work Top 50 (www.outatworktop50.com) – it is a way of identifying and celebrating those who prove that being LGBT is not a barrier to being a success in the business world. The list is not about how senior you are in the workplace but the ability to influence change.

Q - Are you by nature a pessimist or an optimist ?

A – I’m an optimist. I always believe that we can make a positive difference even in the most adverse situations.

Q - Which business leader do you admire the most and why ?

A – There are so many! I’ve had the pleasure of working with some inspirational people who have sought to make a huge difference to improve diversity in the workplace. Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe from Google and Anthony Watson, CIO at Nike, really stand out.

Q - What's the biggest lesson you have learned in your career to date ?

A – Always try to be helpful and give advice to people who request it.

Q - What's your favorite business quotation or life motto ?

A – Treat everyone as you expect to be treated.

Q - What's the best business book you've ever read ?

A – 'Screw It, Let's Do It' by Sir Richard Branson. There's no stopping the man. He's achieved some remarkable things and this books shares the secrets of his success.

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